Skip to main content

Full text of "Further Sources Of Vijayanagara History"

See other formats


85
Although people  narrate many   stories   about  his   rule,   no
epigraphical evidence has yet been found in support of them.*
Ghtravaraja was a tyrant, and he was extremely crxiel in
inflicting inhuman punishments over the unhappy ryots. If
the people did not submit to his exactions, he would drag out
their womenfolk and torture them. At that time, a troupe of
Brahman dramatic performers from Kucipudi, a village some-
where in the neighbourhood of Vinukonda and Bellamkoiida,
visited Maeupalle, when they discovered the extremely
oppressive character of Guravaraja's government. In the course
of their peregrinations, they reached Vidyanagara, and request-
ed Vira Narasimharaya, who was then reigning, to grant them
permission to enact a play under his patronage. As the fame of
the Kucipndi players as skilful actors was very well established,
the Ray a commanded that they should perform in front of the
royal palace, so that the ladies of his zenana might have an
opportunity of witnessing the performance. The actors impro-
vised, in the course of their performance, a scene representing
a seated nobleman, at whose instance two servants tortured a
woman to extort from her a sum of money, which their master
demanded.
The Eaya who witnessed this scene asked his courtiers
present on the occasion what it was all about. On enquiry they
discovered that the scene represented the manner in which
Sambeta Ghiravaraja exacted money from the people of the
Siddhavatam sima, and that it was enacted in order to bring
to the notice of His Majesty the oppressive character of the
nobleman's rule. The Baya became indignant at the conduct
of Guravaraja, and commanded his courtiers to remind him of
the incident later.
Next morning when the Baya sat in the durbar, his
officers reminded him about the affair of Sambeta Guravaraja.
The Raya, thereupon, summoned the commanders of his army,
and ordered that they should prepare the army for an
*TaĞre is an inscription of his son NalaganaparSja.